social climber

noun

Definition of social climber

: one who attempts to gain a higher social position or acceptance in fashionable society

Other Words from social climber

social climbing noun

Examples of social climber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The term first comes up in Our Kind of People during a heated exchange between the rivals Leah (Nadine Ellis) and Angela (Yaya DaCosta); Leah accuses Angela of being a social climber who can’t compare to the island’s elite, of which Leah is a part. Tanisha C. Ford, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2022 It’s 1978, and Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), a middle-class social climber who works for her father’s trucking company in Milan, struts through the parking lot with butt-twitching gusto as the truck-crew members wolf whistle at her. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 Rodolfo immediately dismisses Patrizia as a gold digger, a déclassé social climber who can’t tell a Picasso from a Klimt. David Sims, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 Prince Harry is a depressed man-child who is married to a social climber. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 The space in between provides this shameless social climber a whirlwind tour of all the fame, fortune and romance a modern city can offer. Peter Debruge, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 Upon Ramona's return to the table, Sonja responds to the first conversation prompt, which sends her spiraling on a rant about how Ramona is a social climber with no authentic purpose. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 20 Aug. 2021 Born into a humble family, this ambitious social climber married the brother of Pope Innocent X. Pamela Mccourt Francescone, Travel + Leisure, 17 Mar. 2021 At first glance, this version of Marion echoes the talentless social climber Susan Alexander, Charles Foster Kane’s mistress and second wife in Citizen Kane, widely believed to have been based on her. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 7 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of social climber

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social climber was in 1894

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“Social climber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20climber. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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